Bucs Have “Issues” If Darrelle Revis TradedFebruary 28th, 2014
The news of the week dropped by CBS Sports NFL insider Jason La Canfora is still buzzing around the Tampa Bay area. Should, or will, the Bucs trade all-world cornerback Darrelle Revis?
The issue has Bucs fans split. But one Bucs beat writer who is not torn on the subject is Woody Cummings of The Tampa Tribune. In an interview granted to Bleacher Report, Cummings had pointed comments about the notion of a Revis Trade.
In fact, if Bucs coach Lovie Smith does ship Revis out, there are larger concerns, Cummings suggested.
“You know, I have a hard time believing a team would inherit the best cornerback in the league and then move him,” Cummings told the Bleacher Report. “Here’s another thing: Who has the cap space to get Darrelle Revis? Who can take on $16 million? … I can see why a team would want Darrelle Revis but I can’t see why the Buccaneers would want to get rid of him.
“I have a real problem with Lovie Smith, who I have a lot of respect for being a defensive-minded coach, if he can’t find a way to work Darrelle Revis into his defense. If he cannot do that, we’ve got some real issues here in Tampa.”
Lovie, per Cummings, said the Bucs “are going to win or lose games depending on how we play man.” Cummings added it is clear from those words Revis is not going anywhere soon.
Look, Joe doesn’t see Revis being moved short of some team (with massive cap space) selling Bucs general manager Jason Licht an offer he can’t refuse, like a Mike Ditka-like trading away of an entire draft class.
For whatever reason, the fans who want Revis traded seem to have short memories. The Bucs secondary in 2012 was a ghastly sight, so bad that four lawn chairs couldn’t have defended the pass any worse — at least a wide receiver had a chance of tripping over a lawn chair.
By getting rid of Revis, the Bucs would create a massive hole where the team didn’t have one. Both Licht and Lovie are quick to point out the Bucs were a 4-12 team last year. You don’t turn that around by getting rid of one of the best defenders in the league.